Don't you sometimes wonder, though, what opportunity may have been awaiting you had you made that phone call? Life is full of missed opportunities and, yes, absolutely, there are some we are probably better off not experiencing, but time and place play such a crucial role in everything we do.
Think how those people feel who should have been in the Twin Towers on that fateful day but,for one reason or another, weren't there. Hindsight also creates situations that, without it, we would not give a second thought to.
The day before my father died (suddenly), he phoned my house -he had NEVER phoned my house before- and wanted to speak to my youngest son( aged 4 at the time) because - actually I do not even remember the reason- but he was sleeping so I just chatted to him briefly, wished him a good night's sleep and never spoke to him again as he died at his desk at 8am the next morning! Where there forces at play here?
My other experience is probably not "uncanny" in the sense you intended, and it doesn't have a supernatural element but - and you've heard this story before - "...met a guy in a bar..." Anyway, my friend asked him a very random question about soccer and asked him to guess where I was originally from - we were 6000 miles from home at the time!! I, at this point had not spoken. He answered correctly - down to the town I was born in! ...So to cut a long story short - we have been married for more than 26 years! Now, what if he had chosen to ignore my over-zealous friend?
Jung's theories are inciteful and interesting and do bring elements together into a whole rather than events or occurences remaining isolated. This in turn creates a connection that may otherwise have escaped notice and it is on analysis that the "co-incidental" nature of seemingly random events becomes apparent, creating
meaningful coincidence between internal and external events
but personality is definitely a factor in interpretation and
influences one’s thought and action.
In The History Boys by Alan Bennett, it is clear how opportunity and experiences mould young minds and shape futures:
truth is less important than having an original perspective
which reinforces the idea that individual perception is very much at play - even when strange phenomena seem to encourage us to lean one way or another - or make that call!!